Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations

It's Monday. Here's what's happening....


Today is October 27th, the 299th day of 2014. There are 66 days left in the year.


Around the League notebook for Sunday, Oct. 26.

Watch: Simultaneous tribute in OTT, MTL, TOR.

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Today's Birthdays: John Cleese is 75. Actor/director/producer Ivan Reitman (Stripes, Ghostbusters, Dave) is 68. Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 56. Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) is 47. TV personality Kelly Osbourne is 30.


Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay closed out its first road trip of the year with a convincing 4-2 win Friday against Winnipeg before Saturday’s, 7-2 debacle versus Minnesota. Still, the Lightning picked up six of a possible ten points on what would have to be considered a successful five-game swing through Western Canada and Minnesota. What can Lightning fans expect to see when the Bolts return to Amalie Arena for Tuesday’s matchup versus the Arizona Coyotes? We’ve got you covered.

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On this date in 1858, Roland Macy opened Macy's Department Store in New York City. It was Macy's eighth business venture, the other seven failed.


The Tampa Bay Juniors played this past weekend, with the Empire team winning twice and the Elite team once.

On Saturday the 25th, the Empire team scored three times in the first, cruising to a 3-1 win over the Florida Eels. Max Mulholland, Tyler Camposano and Josh Basso scored for the Juniors, who got 40 saves from Sam Coleman. Tampa Bay was 0-for-3 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

On Sunday the 26th, the Empire team won again, edging the Florida Eels in dramatic comeback fashion, 3-2. Alexander Trendall scored in the second period, while Raven Woodring and Michael Demiceli both scored late in regulation to secure the win. Sam Coleman made 62 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.

On Saturday the 25th, the Elite team saw their seven-game win streal come to an end in an 8-3 loss to the Florida Eels. Brandon Goudreau, Jared Goudreau and Ryan Odgers scored for Tampa Bay, Nick Levesque and Michael Krch combined to make 25 saves for the Juniors. Tampa Bay was 0-for-3 on the power play and 1-of-3 on the penalty kill.

On Sunday the 26th, the Elite team rebounded for a 3-0 win over the Florida Eels. After a scoreless first period, Jared Goudreau scored a pair of second period power play goals, while Brandon Goudreau added a third period power play counter for the Juniors. Michael Krch made 33 saves in recording the shutout for Tampa Bay, which went 3-for-4 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

Coming up this next weekend, the Juniors take on the Palm Beach Hawks. On Saturday, the games in Ellenton, start at 5:15pm EDT for the Empire and 8:00pm EDT for the Elite. On Sunday, the games in Ellenton start at 9:30am EST for the Empire game and 12:15pm EST for the Elite game. All games are available on


The New York subway system officially opened on this date in 1904. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America.


Regina, SK. -- For three quarters it looked like the Saskatchewan Roughriders were going to go into their second and final bye week of the season full of positives. They had a 27-12 lead and were playing the type of football they were in the first half of the season when they were 8-2. However, a football game is 60 minutes long and that final 15 minutes was a disaster.

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Coming up next for the 9-8 Riders is a week 19 bye, followed by a week 20 home game against the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday, November 8th, which wraps up the regular season. Game time at Regina's Mosaic Stadium is 7:00pm EST. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on Calgary next hosts Winnipeg on Saturday, November 1st.


Fred Waller received a patent for water skis on this date in 1925.



CFL Replay: A look back at Week 18.

Campbell: Esks looking for momentum entering playoffs.

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That latest guy who jumped the White House fence had been arrested there twice before. [But this time the Secret Service response was much faster. The guy only had time to make one sandwich in the White House kitchen.]


Tampa, FL. -- A 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Vikings LB Anthony Barr sent the Bucs to a 19-13 overtime loss in Week Eight, negating a 13-point fourth-quarter rally by the home team.

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There’s an ambitious project that’s lifting spirits of those living on the streets of Brisbane, Australia. It’s the country’s first mobile laundry service to give the homeless free access to washing and drying facilities. The co-founders of Orange Sky Mobile Laundry hope to achieve three things: Restore respect, raise health standards and reduce strain on resources.


Stanford, CA. -- Quarterback Sean Mannion moved closer to the Pacific-12 Conference’s career passing yardage record on Saturday but the Beavers fell 38-14 to Stanford at Stanford Stadium.

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The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York on this date in 1927.


San Francisco, CA. -- Madison Bumgarner made history Sunday night and brought the Giants within a single victory from achieving a lot more of it.

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Someone tweeted a twisted Halloween costume: sexy Ebola nurse. The price, supposedly on a British website, was 45 pounds. While the UK website Metro claims it’s fake, someone found a site that appears to be selling an actual “sexy ebola nurse costume” for $60. » site link


All kids like to climb.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your hockey team having a successful weekend, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Elvis Presley's single "Hound Dog" hit #2 in the U.K. 

1962 - Elvis Presley's single "Where Do You Come From" hit #99 in the U.S. 

1973 - Elvis Presley's single "Raised On Rock" hit #41 in the U.S.


Dominican Republic officials arrested a woman who was carrying nearly $140,000 — $69,000 in her suitcase and $70,000 in her stomach. The money in the woman’s stomach was divided up among 16 capsules and the cash is likely tied to drug trafficking.


Today in Beatles History:

1969 - 
The Beatles song "Something" was certified gold by the RIAA.


Halloween is on the minds of many because Ouija topped the box office over the weekend, pulling in a modest $20 million in its first week. Keanu Reeves revenge thriller John Wick debuted in second with $14 million. Brad Pitt’s World War II drama Fury dropped to third.


Today in Sports History:

1961 - 
The American Basketball League began play. 

1973 - The New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers for the first time. 

1985 - Anthony Carter began a National Football League (NFL) streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions. 

1995 - The contract that finalized the Cleveland Browns' move to Baltimore was signed in secret. 

1996 - Bud Adams, owner of the Houston Oilers, announced that he would allow his team to play one final season in Houston before moving the team to Nashville, TN. 

1996 - Irving Fryer (Philadelphia Eagles) became the 15th player in NFL history to catch 600 passes in a career. 

2002 - The Anaheim Angels won their first World Series. They beat the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the series. 

2002 - Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) became the all-time leading rusher in the NFL when he extended his career yardage to 16,743. He achieved the record in his 193rd game. He also scored his 150th career touchdown. 

2003 - The Monday Night Football game between the San Diego Chargers and the Miami Dolphins was played in Tempe, Arizona. The game had been moved from San Diego due to wild fires. 

2004 - Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball was sold at auction for $804,129.


Reports of Judd Nelson’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Despite rumors that swept the Internet on Sunday morning, the Breakfast Club star is alive and well. His manager and agent even hustled to Nelson’s home Sunday morning to take a photo of the actor with the front page of the day’s newspaper.


MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- On a day that saw two of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup favorites suffer potentially catastrophic problems, Dale Earnhardt Jr. stole a victory from the title contenders on Sunday, passing Tony Stewart for the lead with less than four laps left in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway and pulling away for his fourth victory of the season.

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"You Bet Your Life," the radio show starring Grouch Marx, premiered on ABC on this date in 1947. It was later shown on NBC television.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Arizona Coyotes 7:30pm EDT

MLB --San Francisco Giants vs Kansas City Royals (World Series Game 6) 8:00pm EDT 

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Kansas City Royals (World Series Game 7) 8:00pm EDT (If necessary)

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 5:15pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:00pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs California Golden Bears 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 9:30pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:00pm EST


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.

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